Date of Graduation

12-2015

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Degree Level

Undergraduate

Department

Nursing

Advisor

Vowell Johnson, Kelly

Reader

Scott, Allison

Second Reader

Shreve, Marilou

Abstract

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines a food desert as “urban neighborhoods and rural towns without ready access to fresh, healthy, and affordable foods” (“Food Deserts”, 2014). The purpose of this study was to determine the differences between knowledge, intake, and willingness to consume fruits and vegetables between students going to school in a food desert and students not going to school in a food desert. This study was conducted by showing students picture cards to determine knowledge of fruits and vegetables, surveying students to determine intake of fruits and vegetables, and food sampling to determine wiliness to consume fruits and vegetables. Statistically, there was very little difference between the students going to school in a food desert and non-food desert. The only difference noted was fruit consumption. This study suggests that a food desert is not a factor in knowledge, intake, and willingness to consume fruits and vegetables.

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